After starting the season with a pair of impressive wins over the woefully unimpressive Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans, the Chargers were feeling pretty good about themselves. That lasted right up until Week 3 when the Atlanta Falcons came to Qualcomm Stadium and laid a beatdown on the Bolts 27-3. Philip Rivers responded like an elder statesman, as he is known to do.
The Bolts bounced back against the Kansas City Chiefs (as most teams will this season) before heading to New Orleans to give the Saints their first win of the season and Drew Brees a record setting touchdown pass. In the process, they coughed up a 10-point lead in the third quarter as the Saints rolled off the final 17 points of the game. Rivers once again handled the loss with poise.
San Diego returned home for a Monday Night showdown against the division rival Denver Broncos with an opportunity to put a tight grip on the AFC West lead. After two quarters, they looked like they were going to walk away with the game, and the division, building a 24-0 halftime lead. All they accomplished, however, was to build a big enough lead for Peyton Manning to stage the biggest comeback of his career. Rivers did his part, turning the ball over six times (four interceptions, two fumbles), and handled the adversity with maturity and dignity.
Needless to say, the hometown faithful had plenty to complain about heading into their bye week. Unless of course you asked Chargers director of public relations Bill Johnston, who invited fans to take a slightly different approach to the Chargers’ current struggles:
What’s with you people?
Yes, Monday night’s loss was bad. Horrible. Embarrassing.
Ok…enough already. No mas. I get it.
Now get over it…
Time to take a chill pill…
If you want these players and coaches to succeed, then support them. Don’t tear them down…
We want our loved ones to succeed, and we’ll do whatever it takes to help them. but when they make mistakes, like we all do, we would never criticize or belittle them publicly.
“In short, please stop saying mean things about our repeated failures because you wouldn’t say those mean things about your mom, now would you? Now go suck eggs! Go Bolts!”
Bill Johnston probably crushed his public relations courses in college. “I see your frustration…but you’re stupid, so shut up.”
But that’s not even the worst thing to happen in the Chargers organization this week. It turns out, during that Monday night meltdown, San Diego not only suffered the largest comeback in the history of Monday Night Football, but they did so WHILE CHEATING.
The NFL is investigating whether the San Diego Chargers used a banned sticky substance during Monday nigth’s loss to the Denver Broncos.
During Monday night’s game, an equipment manager came onto the field with an illegal substance on hand towels, Fox Sports reported. Line judge Jeff Bergman saw the towels and tried to confiscate the substance. When the equiment manager wouldn’t give it up, the officials made him empty his pockets and found a skin colered or clear type of tape, Fox Sports reported.
Smooth move, equipment guy.
“Hey what’s that?”
“HUH, WHAT?!? NOTHING….” *runs away*.
Nothing suspicious about that guy.
But even with the helped of a banned substance, the Chargers couldn’t get out of their own way. Turns out, Stickum is like the star in Super Mario Brothers. The star doesn’t help you if you fall down a pit and Stickum doesn’t help if you throw it to the other team. Lessons learned.
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